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What size motor comes w/Dadant 33 frame extractor?

I bought a used extractor & it literally takes hours to spin off frames. What is a typical time to spin of your frames?

Anyone know a good place to get a replacement?
 

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I would run a 1/2 or 3/4 HP Capacitor start. If you run all deeps or mediums I would go with 3/4. If you run all shallows like I do 1/2 will be fine.
I would check with Dadant to see what they say.
 

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Sounds like it is turning too slow. I have a 22 frames and I let the spin for about 10 minutes. Maybe someone changed the pulleys or maybe you are running a gear motor that is geared to slow. I run a 1/2 HP 1725 RPM and it works great. Be aware the motor size can be based on the pulley sizes.
 

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What is a typical time to spin of your frames?
3 minutes. First of all is the honey crystallized or very thick like jelly? It really doesn't take a lot of HP to spin the basket once it is up to speed. All the motor is doing is overcoming the friction in the bearings and a little wind resistance. Do you have any way of measuring how fast the drum is turning?
 

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I start mine slow and run a little longer, maybe 6-10 minutes. I run foundationless and try not to blow out comb. By midway through a run, it's humming pretty fast. Are the bearings on the drum ok? It should ultimately spin as fast as the motor/pulley combo will let it. Pretty sure mine runs 1/2 hp 1750 rpm on a Dadant 20 frame.
 

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I think the machine is fairly new. It seems to run pretty fast. I wouldn't know how to "clock" the rpm's. I am certain that the original motor was replaced. The honey is a bit crystalized. Not happy w/spinout time. I guess I will have to contact DadANT. Is there a rep on this site?
 

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The honey is a bit crystalized. Not happy w/spinout time.
If my honey is crystallized in the cells it will not come out. Options are to crush, heat and strain or give it back to the bees.
 

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Call Dadant and they will give you the number to factory that makes them. They are very helpful I'm sure they will be able to fix you up.
 
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